Penny Thoughts

The Ramblings of a Biology Lover, with a Few Surprises on the Side

Month: September, 2012

Bodeans Fulham: Feed Your Inner Carnivore

This post is really not best suited for vegetarians, so avert your eyes.. animals were harmed in the making of this food.

If like me, you are a big lover of a juicy steak, crispy crackling and succulent chicken then you are reading the right post. Bodeans restaurants are meat smoke houses that can be found across London. There are restaurants in Soho, Fulham, London Bridge and Clapham, all with their own individual atmosphere. Being that I live in Hammersmith, the Fulham restaurant is my eatery of choice. From the outside it looks rather squashed between its adjacent buildings and you could easily miss it if you weren’t looking. As soon as you find it you will never miss it again.

I‘ve been to Bodeans many times since its discovery and have tried many of the dishes and have never been disapointed. From pulled pork sandwiches to burnt end and Bodeans’s style burritos, whatever you fancy, your inner carnivore will be drooling and begging for more. Not only is the food great, but so is the atmosphere. The Americana style sports bar decoration provides that unique experience and the staff only add to that brilliantly. If you’re a fan of American sports there’s another advantage for you as there is constant coverage of live baseball and American football on the screens around the restaurant. The place is always packed to the rafters but don’t let that put you off, it only adds to the feel and you are never sat too close to any other tables.

A few tips:

  1. If you’re going, you’re likely to keep going back, so I suggest getting yourself a Bodeans card (you will not regret this). All you need to do is provide an email address (DON’T PANIC! I’ve not received any spam) and the card is yours. With this card you get to enjoy the offers on every day of the week. These include free schnapps, 2-4-1 mains and free sides. What else could you want??
  2. If you’re going for the first time, GET THE SHARING PLATTER! The menu is a little daunting at first so I mainly went for it because it seemed like a safe choice. This platter is something you should not underestimate; it is HUGE. To give you an idea you get half a chicken, pulled pork, baby back ribs, beef ribs, burnt ends, fries, coleslaw and I’m sure more meaty goodness that has blurred into my delicious memories. See  the beauty that is the Bodean’s sharing platter.. and for some scale, the plate in the background is normal sized. I’m also fairly certain it has become bigger since this was taken.
  3. Book in advance! Bodeans is a very popular restaurant and you do not want to be disappointed so make sure you make a reservation! If you are nearby and fancy going, do pop in, you may be very very lucky and manage to squeeze in somewhere. If you have to wait a bit, you should. There are plenty of pubs and bars and sights to see around London and you will not regret the wait when you finally get to experience the feeling of having eaten at Bodeans.

So get yourself and your friends down to a Bodeans to experience authentic and delicious smoked meats, you will not be sorry!


We Will Rock You: Review

This August I headed down to London with the family for my Dad’s sshhh.. 50th birthday. We were in a bit of a pickle trying to figure out what to get my Dad as he’s the most difficult man. After some brainstorming with the mother we decided we’d take him to see We Will Rock You. He’s a bit of a die-hard Queen fan, which means we all are too, so something we could all enjoy.

We arrived at the Dominion Theatreon Tottenham Court Road and got to our seats. The theatre was much larger than expected and the traditional architecture added that little extra glamour to the place.

I had no idea what the story of the musical would be so I’ll give a little description of the main storyline; don’t worry I won’t give anything away. So the time is the future and the world has become completely globalised. There is no individualism and no real music except for digitally produced, super controlled tracks. However, there are some rebels attempting to hold on to individual thought and attempting to unearth the elusive rock music from the past. The plot mainly follows two main characters Gallileo and Scaramouche and their fight against the new world and its leader the Killer Queen. As you can tell from the names, the idea of Queen is very much entwined into the cast and plot providing many entertaining moments. They are in search for the lost axe of the hairy one. Seems a little cryptic and I won’t say any more. They meet many intriguing characters on their way and there is great rock and roll with throughout with a few jibes at modern music culture.

We Will Rock You is an absolutely hilarious musical which will leave you in tears of laughter. If you’re a Queen fan it will get you rocking in your seats; I have to admit to a bit of cheeky head banging. The performances were incredible, as you would expect from a West End production.All the classic Queen songs are in there with some of the less famous ones, so whether you’re a die-hard Queen fan or just a bit of a dabbler you’ll still have a great sing along. I had my reservations as to how the performances would hold up to the incomparable talent of Freddie Mercury, but I was pleasantly surprised with all songs doing the originals serious justice.

Check out the Dominion Theatre website for some clips and pictures of the show to get yourself in the We Will Rock You mood.

If you’re up for a bit of rock and roll in your evenings you must get yourself down to the Dominion Theatre for what will be a hilarious,  head banging experience and bring out your inner Bohemian!

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